Let's Build Resiliency from the Roots Up

🌲 The Plant Cunning Conference is a 3-day in-person event featuring speakers, workshops, plant walks, artists, and live music to build community and resiliency with people wise to the ways of Nature at the beautiful Cohosh Creek Herb Farm and Sanctuary in Central New York.

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Featuring

The speakers for the 2024 Plant Cunning Conference are some of the most inspiring thought leaders, authors, herbalist, astrologers and gardeners of our time. We will have plant walks, fungi walks, lectures, hands on workshops and a esteemed featured speakers, Pam Montgomery and 7Song.

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Pam Montgomery

Author, teacher, international speaker and Earth Elder who has passionately embraced her role as a spokesperson for the green beings and has been investigating plants/trees and their intelligent spiritual nature for more than three decades.  She is the author of two books one of which is the highly acclaimed Plant Spirit Healing; A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness and Partner Earth; A Spiritual Ecology. She operates the Partner Earth Education Center at Sweetwater Sanctuary in Danby, Vermont where co-creative partnership with Nature research takes place. Pam also teaches internationally on plant spirit healing, spiritual ecology and people as Nature Evolutionaries. She is a founding member of United Plant Savers and more recently the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries or O.N.E. Her latest passion is to engage ceremonially in full symbiosis within the plant/human matrix where the elder common plants and trees initiate and guide us into being truly human.

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7Song

7 Song is the teacher and director of the NE School of Botanical Medicine, lead herbalist and Director of Holistic Medicine at the Ithaca Free Clinic, a expert botanist and wild-crafter and skilled photographer. He teaches at many schools and conferences throughout the United States, which gives him the opportunity to see the varied ways that herbal knowledge is passed on. His particular flavor of teaching tends to lean towards the scientific rather than spiritual, which many of his students appreciate about him.

The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine offers two different in person programs and an apprenticeship program. The Community Herbalism Intensive is a 6 month comprehensive, hands-on practical study of herbal medicine that balances classroom teaching and time outdoors identifying, gathering, and preparing plants. The goal of the program is for students to have a well-rounded overview of herbalism, plants and a solid foundation of clinical herbalism. The Weekend Herbalism Program is a condensed version of the Intensive offered 1 weekend a month for 7 months.

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Lisa Fazio

Peasant Herbalist, Writer, Plant Healing Artist, and author of Della Medicina: Plants of Italian American Folk Medicine (Inner Traditions, 2023). Lisa leads the Root Circle, a center for folk medicine, ancestral remembrance and plant based culture offering classes and resources.

Lisa's class is on Italian Folk Medicine, also known as “medicina popolare” or "medicine of the people". Italian folk medicine is also called “medicina popolare” or the “medicine of the people” and it emerged from the rural peasants of Southern Italy with influences from around the Mediterranean world. In this class we’ll discuss the basics of Italian folk medicine, its connection to the ancient Greek and Roman physicians, animism, folk Catholicism and  Traditional Western Herbalism. We’ll learn about some of the most important traditional plants and the methods of treatment that they’re used in. Topics will include: Italian herbalism,  preparations, how Italian witchcraft, folk Catholoicsm, and folk medicine have syncretized, and Benedicaria (the American form of Italian folk medicine).

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Zambonifunk

ZamboniFunk is a professional astrologer, herbalist, musician, charmer, & weirdo. Zamboni utilizes his expertise in multiple modalities to help folks understand and shape the course of their lives. He is one of the most featured guests on the Plant Cunning Podcast offering us up some predictive forecasts with year-ahead episodes.

His class will focus on how the astrological birth chart can influence a persons health. There's a lot to see in an astrology chart, and herbalists are often interested in any insights that can be gleaned about health, vitality, and risks of illness and disease. Not only can astrology help with timing potential moments of crisis, but cunning folk can find ways to lean into strengths indicated by the planets as well. In this interactive workshop, Zamboni will dig into how to interpret planetary signifiers in relationship to health and wellness.

Zamboni is not just a prolific astrologer, but also an accomplished songwriter and bass player, steeped in the lineage of African Diaspora.

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JoAnna Farrer

JoAnna is the host of the Coffee & Divination Podcast, and the co-founder of the North Wyldewood Tradition of Witchcraft. She is a full-time professional violinist, and also practices a form of oracular divination inspired by the trance traditions of ancient Greece. On her farm in northern VT, she combines her deep love of ecology and Pagan animism through permaculture, and shares her homestead with her husband and their many farm animals. Come learn from JoAnna all about Divination at the conference. Divination is the art of obtaining knowledge through hidden means, and has been a part of civilizations around the world - likely for tens of thousands of years.  Divination can help us understand situations, answer questions, and give us insight on the threads that weave our lives together. While our world undergoes this time of upheaval, studying and practicing the arts of divination can help us navigate and plan for the roads ahead.

Brian Wilkins

Brian is an author/poet, diviner, and teacher of qigong in a Northern Wu Style Taijiquan lineage. As a part of their practice, they engage with the form (or other qigong sequences) to become aware of our constant connectedness to the world we are in: in other words, we are doing Tai Chi with trees. Brian is offering a morning movement class at the conference with offer a short sequence with that keeps that goal of interconnectedness in mind. It’s accommodating to all different types of bodies, and he’s happy to modify the activity to fit anyone's physical needs.

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Isaac Hill

Isaac is an astrologer, esotericist, and co-host of the Plant Cunning Podcast. He is a permaculturist with over a decade of experience gardening and cultivating a native plant nursery. He's the primary gardener and grounds keeper of Cohosh Creek Herb Farm where he's planted hundreds of fruit & nut trees, shrubs, blueberries, asparagus, perennial herbs, greens, flowers, medicinal herbs and fungi and some veggies.  He's also an excellent song writer and musician, leading in the Hills and the Rivers.

Isaac will lead a garden tour for one the plant walk sessions to discuss some of the garden design elements as well as highlighting some of the incredible plants he nurtures at the farm.

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Olga Tzogas

Olga has been foraging mushrooms and plants for food and medicine for many years, and started Rochester, NY based Smugtown Mushrooms in 2011 offering up fresh fungi, extracts, educational events, & fungi tours. Smugtown offers mushroom grow kits, high quality mushroom extracts, dried mushrooms, books, and more. Olga offers engaging classes like cooking classes with mushrooms and fungi walks to bring the love of mushrooms to the people. She's the instigator of the New Moon Mycology Summit .  Olga also leads small groups of earth lovers to her homeland of Greece in the Fall seasons to forage mushrooms, herbs and learn the sacred ecology of the Eastern Mediterraean.

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AC Stauble

AC Stauble is a farmer, herbalist, community builder and part time online support person for other herbalists and environmental justice advocates through her work with Maple Creative. She has a small herbal product line called Traveling Herb Farmer. Her session at the conference will be on Sunday afternoon before the closing ceremony and offers participants a chance to integrate and de-brief some of our experiences and solidify some of what we've learned over the weekend. She's creating space for silent reflection to journal or draw or read over notes. She'll also open up the floor to all participants to share some nuggets of wisdom or moments of appreciation. It's important to rest and digest, so before everyone heads home, lets take a few moments to be in community and think about what kind of inspiration we want to bring home with us.

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Dayvanna "Dee" Caraballo

 
Dayvanna Caraballo (Ceibana) born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She's a member of Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, Elder Council Behique of the South and board member of Caney Spiritual Circle. She has tribal affiliations with both the Lenape/Taino nations. Dee is the owner and operator of One World Love (O.W.L.) Natural Native Preserve offering monthly Full Moon Ceremonies in the original tradition of Taino Indigenous Culture, medicine wheel teachings of a small number of Native Indigenous Traditions and a monthly New Moon circle offered to our woman members, as well as children’s programs and music events.
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Thank you to our lovely sponsors for supporting the 2024 Plant Cunning Conference.

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What to Expect

This is a indoor/outdoor event starting Friday afternoon July 26th, continuing all day Saturday and closing with a half day Sunday at a beautiful herb farm with morning movement, workshops, lectures, plant walks and live music Saturday night. There are no food trucks or near by restaurants so pack snacks and a lunch or purchase the meal plan.

Time in Nature

Partially outdoor and partially indoor (in-barn) event but lots of time in Nature in the gardens, fields, and forests.

Live Music!

Bring your dancing shoes because Saturday night we are thrilled to host some local and traveling musicians to rock the barn with their original, mostly folk music.

Camping

We encourage guests to set up a tent on the land for the weekend. Come Friday night after 4pm to set up and pack up Sunday afternoon.

Herbal Tea

Visit the tea bar at any point to fill up your cup with home grown, refreshing herbal tea. We'll serve black and green tea bags too if you need a little pick me up. Bring your own mug or jar if you want to save some paper cups.

Meal Plan

Enjoy some nourishing, mostly locally sourced and organic food with our meal plan add. We accommodate various diets from GF, vegan to meat and wheat. It's just $50 for 3 meals Saturday, & Breakfast and Lunch Sunday.

Community

It's really what it's all about! Getting to know other humans who are open to the wonders of Nature to build connections and resiliency is at the core of this event. We'll learn, laugh, dance, and share together.

Schedule Snapshot

  • Thursday Afternoon Pre- Event - Campers & Vendors Setup and Community Potluck 4pm-8pm.
  • Friday Morning - Registration opens at 11am for folks who want to settle in
  • Friday Afternoon - Opening Circle 3:30pm, Evening Class 4:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
  • Saturday - Full Day of Classes from 8am- 6pm, Live Music in the evening
  • Sunday - Classes Starting at 8am. Closing Circle at 3pm-3:30pm
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Welcome to the Farm!

The conference aims to build bio-regional resiliency by gathering together and sharing in wisdom, food, music, and the magic of Nature.

Throughout human history, spirituality and herbal healing have worked hand in hand. There has only recently been a bifurcation of these sister sciences.

Our goal and hope is to help maintain and cultivate a culture of holistic herbal healing integrated with spiritual technologies. We seek to uplift voices that focus on blessing, healing, integration and wisdom.

AC Stauble is an herbalist, farmer, and community builder.

Isaac Hill is a Jyotish astrologer, gardener, and musician.

Together we run a small herb farm and homestead called Cohosh Creek and the weekly Plant Cunning Podcast.

Gather in our big red barn with herbalists, farmers, astrologers, artists, musicians to learn about the magic of plants and to deepen our connection with nature and each other.

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About the Land

Cohosh Creek Herb Farm and Sanctuary is nested in the beautiful rolling hills of Central New York, high on the Allegheny Plataea on the lands of the Oneida Peoples of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We are honored and in awe of this place's magic and abundance and know that it has been and continues to be stewarded by both humans and the spirits of place with care and dedication.

There’s a large barn for us to have sessions in and an event tent for classes and dining outdoors overlooking a beautiful valley and the Tillette Creek (pronounced crick of course).There are fields and gardens to tour and some woodland trails to explore. Folks are welcome to come set up tents in the camps spots in the field with afternoon shade or forests.

Cohosh Creek Herb Farm

415 County Rd 41

South Edmeston, NY

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Registration & Pricing

Early Bird Registration is now open!

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I'll Take it All

$300

Everything included from Friday evening camp set up to Sunday closing, meal plan, and you can even set up a vendor table if you'd like.

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Adult Ticket Price

$225

This is the standalone ticket price of the conference which includes all sessions Saturday & Sunday, the live music show Saturday night, and access to the tea bar all weekend. You can bring your own snacks and meals and commute or find your own local lodging.

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Young Adults Age 13-18

$75

Young Adults from 12-18 can come for a reduced rate of $75.

Children under 12 are free.

You'll still need to order a meal plan if you want one.

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Meal Plan Add-on

$50

Nourishing mostly local and organic foods prepared for different dietary preferences (Vegan, GF, Nut Free with options for meat & wheat eaters too). Friday dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Breakfast & Lunch Included. Tea bar will be open all weekend and accoutrements bar available for toppings to each delicious meal.

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Camping Add-on

$25

Access to grounds Thursday night or Friday to set up camp and stay in your tent or vehicle for the weekend. Each adult camping should get a camping pass. Families camping with kids under 18 don’t have to get a pass for each kid, just the adults. We have water fill up, portapotties on site, a camp shower, and plenty of shady wooded spots or field spots with morning sun and afternoon shade in the garden.

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Volunteer

$50

Join the Volunteer Crew

Join the volunteer squad to help facilitate a kick-ass conference. You’ll be able to attend some sessions and the keynotes. You'll work alongside an amazing crew to help brew tea, prepare food, help with parking, set up and break down. Volunteering is a great way to offer your service to the community, get in to the conference at a discounted rate, and make some new friends. Interested? Email us at info@plantcunning.com for more info and to see if you are a good fit for the crew.

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